Apple Watch is now available on the market, bringing new health and fitness features, improved sleep tracking and less intrusive notifications. Only its not alone: Samsung has also developed a wearable recently. So the Apple Watch Series 8 best, or is the Galaxy Watch 5 on the verge?
While Apples'' effort is intended to be paired with an iPhone, and Samsung is favored to pair a Watch 5 with one of its Android handsets, its not just a simple case of picking based on which phone you are currently using. Weve tested specs and prices, and added a healthy dose of expertise to assist you secure the right watch on your wrist.
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The Apple Watch Series 8 is available in 41mm and 45mm sizes, with two case metals to choose from: aluminium and stainless steel. Prices start at $399/419 for a 41mm aluminium Watch with GPS, and they range to $749/779 for a 45mm stainless steel version, which has cellular connectivity. Costs may vary by metal, with graphite and space black finishes reserved for the stainless steel edition.
The Galaxy Watch 5 is available for purchase right now, in 40mm and 44mm sizes. Prices start from $280/269 for the 40mm Wi-Fi only model, and they go up to $360/339 for a 44mm Watch5 with 4G connectivity. Colour options include pink gold, graphite, and silver, for the 40mm watch.
|Apple Watch Series 8||Samsung Galaxy Watch5|
|Screen||1.7in, 430352 OLED / 1.9in, 484396 OLED||1.2in, 396396 OLED / 1.4in, 450450 AMOLED|
|Battery||282mAh (41mm) / 308mAh (45mm)||284mAh (40mm) / 410mAh (44mm)|
|Connectivity||Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, Wi-Fi, 4G (optional)||Bluetooth 5.2, NFC, Wi-Fi, 4G (optional)|
|Durability||50m water-resistant||5ATM water-resistant|
|Dimensions||41mm: 41x35x10.7mm, 42.3g45mm: 45x38x10.7mm, 51.5g||40mm: 39x40x9.8mm, 28.7g44mm: 43x44x9.8mm, 33.5g|
Both parties are willing to mix things up from their respective competitors. The Apple Watch Series 8 is physically identical to the Series 7 before it. It''s still a rounded square with neat packaging, bold bezels, and front crystal which wraps around at the edges. With the familiar Digital Crown and side button setup, there''s no shortage of strap options.
The Galaxy Watch 5 does not make up the recipe, but it comes with a circular display that is almost free of bezels, coupled with two buttons on the crown. This time around, the virtual bezel has no choice but to be used in both sizes, allowing for easy UI navigation. It is quite powerful in both sizes, and it is fully water-resistant for swimming as well as land-based exercise (not to mention getting caught in the rain). Samsung also includes a range of leather, metal, and fabric options.
Apple sized up the screen for both Series 7 models, and it uses the same always-on Retina setup for the Series 8 as well, but a ruler shows them all. The 41mm Apple Watch has a display dimension of approximately 1.7in and a resolution of 430352 pixels. Each model is protected by a crack-resistant crystal, but only the stainless steel version has a milder sapphire frontage.
Apple might think its hip to be square, but Samsung isn''t about circles. The Watch 5 has a round screen, which measures in at 1.2in for the 40mm and 44mm, but display density is essentially the same. Its sharpened under, which allows for great viewing angles, colorful hues, and excellent clarity, making it easy to read outdoors. The glass is reinforced to a higher standard, so it should better withstand scratches.
Apple Watch Series 8 boasts all of the sensors weve come to expect, including blood oxygen, ECG, and heart rate monitoring, as well as sleep stage analysis, daily activity tracking, and an improved Workout app. In the event of a collision, a skin temperature sensor and additional motion sensors are also added to the mix. Hopefully, this feature will work well.
The Watch 5, which has the same continuous heart rate and SpO2 surveillance, sleep and step tracking, and automatic run detection as previously. Like the Series 8, it also has a skin temperature sensor, but Samsung hasnt fully enabled its capabilities yet. If you want more advanced features, you''ll need to get up to the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro.
Both versions of the Series 8 are described as offering all-day battery life, which in Apple''s world means 18 hours under normal usage. In reality, the Series 8 will still be a wearable that requires regular charging. However, rapid charging can be a factor.
The Galaxy Watch 5 is based on how many days you use it, despite the small 40mm model''s improvements, although it isn''t enough to guarantee more than a day and a half of juice between charges. Reduce exercise tracking or use the power saving mode to keep the device cooler, while youre getting ready for work.
The Series 8 of the Apple vs. Android version includes Apple Health for fitness tracking, Apple Pay for contactless payments, and the App Store for voice support. While the Watch 5 is similar to the Apple Pay app catalogue, it also includes Google Pay, Google Assistant, and the Play Store, as well. Both apps have similar features, and each allows you to use music control, voice control, and voice recognition. This is mostly down to your personal preference.
The Apple Watch Series 8 and the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 are quite similar devices. Each is a collection of wearable features, each with a generous set of smartwatch features. Wrap it around your wrist, and youll have a tool that can monitor your health, pay for your groceries, and control your playlist. Oh, and tell the time.
There will be few differences between the fitness-tracking abilities of each device when Samsung enables the skin temperature sensor. Neither has the weeks-long battery life of true endurance watches, although the Watch 5 does not eclipse the Series 8 by several hours. Which is, however, an individual choice.
Realistically, your smartphone will be a major consideration. The Apple Watch Series 8 is the most popular iPhone accessory, with watchOS optimized to work seamlessly alongside iOS. Likewise, the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 makes the most sense for Android users.
The Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 in one size is a much smaller item than the equivalent Apple Watch. All of that, it provides better value as a smartwatch.
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